Drivers in Madison County should allow extra time for their travels Saturday if they use Interstate 270.
Starting at 5:30 AM, all westbound lanes of I-270 will be closed between Interstate 55/70 and Illinois Rte. 157. Crews will be replacing a damaged beam in the Meridian Road Bridge.
A detour is marked directing drivers to use I-55/70 west to I-255 north.
Transportation officials say the interstate should reopen by 9 PM Saturday.
There's good news for drivers in north county. Missouri transportation officials report that all lanes of westbound I-270 have reopened after a broken water main had shut it down for several hours.
Just before 10 o'clock Monday night police closed westbound I-270 because of the broken main at Old Halls Ferry. The closure caused traffic to back up all the way into Illinois.
By 1 a.m. Tuesday, one lane had reopened.
At about 2:30 Tuesday morning, MoDOT reported that all lanes had reopened.
MoDOT is asking for public input as they start the next phase of planning for Interstate 270 in North County.
They are hosting a meeting to gather information from people who travel on I-270. The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Student Center on campus of the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Rd.
The meeting is part of the 270 North Environmental Assessment, an ongoing study addressing congestion, safety, and aging infrastructure on 270.
An accident has closed all lanes of EB I-270 at the Chair of Rocks bridge this afternoon.
A listener called in to say the accident involves at least three vehicles, including a semi-truck. Traffic is being directed onto Riverview drive to detour around the accident.
No word on any injuries from the accident.
The plan is to add another lane to southbound Interstate 270 between Manchester Road and Interstate 44.
Starting March 18 and continuing through April, crews will begin closing all lanes twice a day for 15 minutes at a time, while they blast to make room for the new lane.
This is similar to work that was done to add a lane on northbound 270 last summer.
District Engineer Ed Hassinger tells KTRS News, that addition has subtracted time from drivers' morning commutes, "The traffic volumes have increased and the speeds on northbound 270 have gone up anywhere from 10-15 miles an hour during the worst time, during rush hour."
The new lane on southboun 270 should be open by December.